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Medicare Advantage 

Medicare Advantage, also known as "Part C", are health insurance plans provided by private insurance carriers. Medicare Advantage plans do not supplement Medicare, they replace it. Advantage Plans provide hospital and doctor benefits just like Traditional Medicare, but will usually include extra's. These extra's can include prescription, dental, vision, and fitness club benefits. Medicare Advantage plans will also include manageable co-pays for medical care with caps on your out of pocket. The good news is that in many cases you can get all of these extra benefits for little or no extra monthly premium.

Key Benefits

Includes medical, Rx, & other extra benefits in one plan.

You pay $0 or a little more for these extra benefits. 

Helps you contain medical costs by providing limits & maximums.

Types Of Advantage Plans

Like traditional medical insurance, Advantage Plans have networks of medical providers. These networks are the doctors and hospitals that have a relationship with and accept the plan. Networks can be a good thing because they give you access to quality medical providers and help contain costs. There are several types of Medicare Advantage Plans but there are two that are the most common; PPO & HMO. The primary difference between the two lies in referral requirements and using in / out of network medical providers. The information below summarizes the two and their differences.

PPO Plan

Preferred Provider Org.

Has networks of doctors & hospitals and allows you to go out of network, but at higher co-pays.

Network restrictions do not apply to emergency and urgent care.

No referral is typically required to see specialists.

HMO Plan

Health Maintainance Org.

Has networks of doctors & hospitals and you must use them to be covered.

Network restrictions do not apply to emergency and urgent care.

Referrals from doctor required to see specialists.

Sample Medicare Advantage Plan

Below is a sample that mirrors many of the popular plans available in Texas. This type of plan is available with various insurance providers and the specifics of the plans will vary. 

Coverage for hospitalization, nursing facility, and other Part A  benefits.

Coverage for doctors, outpatient care, and other Part B benefits.

Each plan has a network of doctors. Some plans allow you to go out of network at higher costs.

Some plans require referrals to see specialists and some do not.

Includes Part D prescription benefits and coverage for generic, brand, & specialty medications.

Dental, vision, & hearing aid benefits included.

No cost health club membership & exercise programs.

$0 - $20 monthly premium. (In addition to Medicare Part B, which is $148.50 in 2021)

$0 co-pay for annual preventive care and exams.

$0 deductible for diagnostic medical care, treatment, & tests; only co-pay's or coinsurance.

$0 primary doctor co-pay, $30 specialist, $90 emergency room.

Includes a cap on your out of pocket costs to protect your finances.

Video: Medicare Advantage Explained

In this short video Ben explains Medicare Advantage and shows you a sample plan. To enlarge the screen on your mobile phone, scroll over the video and click the enlarge icon in the lower right corner. Turn your phone sideways to make it even larger.

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Since beginning his career as a Licensed Insurance Agent, Ben Rodriguez has personally helped over 1,000 Medicare recipients. He has a degree in Business Finance from Kent State University and has acquired over 15 years of experience in financial services & insurance. Having a close relationship with his parents and grandparents has made him in tune to the needs of boomers and seniors.  Ben is known for his professionalism with a personal touch that he brings to each of his clients.

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